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Can the Flu and Dengue fever outbreaks have an impact on the third COVID wave?
27 Jan' 21

Can the Flu and Dengue fever outbreaks have an impact on the third COVID wave?

 

Right present, serious flu and dengue instances are causing considerable alarm

The escalating cases of flu, viral illnesses, and dengue fever have surpassed COVID as the country's top health danger in recent weeks. While COVID-19 will continue to be a problem, low flu vaccination awareness, newer, potentially more severe variants of the dengue-causing DENV virus, reports of serious infections, and lax measures have made us fear the consequences of a twindemic, in which two or more infectious diseases strike us at the same time.
 
When can we expect the third wave? Why are flu cases on the rise? 
There have been a lot of forecasts as to when the next COVID-19 wave will peak. While it was widely assumed that the country would see a sharp increase in cases around September and October, some calculations and mathematical models have now suggested that cases could rise even more in the coming months, with factors such as festive crowds, revenge travel, complacency in measures, or waning immunity possibly fueling the surge of cases. Some believe that diligent preparation and vaccine coverage may have aided in delaying the onset of the third wave.
 
What role does seasonal flu play in COVID fears? 
While COVID-19, flu, and dengue are all viral respiratory diseases, the flu and dengue epidemics occurring at the same time that COVID-19 and its variations are a concern can lead to fears of a "twindemic." Experts have also cautioned that the chances of a twindemic this year are substantially higher than last year. 
 
The term "twindemic" alludes to the probability of a particularly bad flu season due to an increase in coronavirus cases. While we are not just at risk from the particularly dangerous Delta strain of coronavirus, this year's flu season is particularly severe, increasing the likelihood of severe symptoms and hospitalization.
 
Perplexing symptoms and a late diagnosis might make difficulties seem overwhelming. 
Because the symptoms of COVID-19, dengue fever, and flu are so similar, there has been a dramatic increase in complications observed with flu and dengue infections.
 
The apparent similarity of a number of respiratory and inflammatory symptoms might cause diagnostic delays and recovery durations to be extended. 
This is one of the reasons why doctors have emphasized early detection and symptom awareness.
 
Even if symptoms overlap, it's still crucial to remember them and watch for signs of infection, which can help you get a quick diagnosis and get the proper treatment.
 
The flu's symptoms can take a long time to go away.
While we now have a better understanding of COVID-19 severity, even with flu and dengue, there has been a dramatic increase in the severity of these symptoms. 
While we had little to no flu exposure last year, physicians say we are all at a higher risk of flu and viral diseases this year. Even if you don't become sick after a typical exposure, your body produces useful antibodies.
 
However, in this scenario, with modest exposure, flu attacks could be severe, making symptoms worse, and possibly explaining why infections do not heal quickly. It could also be doubly dangerous for adults and children, who are especially vulnerable due to their weakened immune systems.  There's also the threat of a lengthy flu, similar to a long COVID, which can be dangerous to one's health.
 
What can we do to ensure our own safety? 
The months of September and October, as well as the current seasonal changes, are prime candidates for an increase in flu incidence. While there's no way of knowing how severe or manageable a given flu season would be, aside from COVID-appropriate behavior and timely vaccination, several preventive steps can help us avoid the hazards of a twindemic right now: 
  • Frequently washing and disinfecting hands. Hands that are contaminated or germy should not be used to touch the eyes, nose, or mouth. 
  • When you're out and about, keep your distance and avoid touching regularly used surfaces.

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